Road Raise 2018

When Road Raise started three years ago it happened for one reason, to make sure young people facing cancer in their lives didn’t have to do it alone.

Since 2015, the bike ride from Adelaide to Melbourne has raised almost half a million dollars for CanTeen and the work it does helping young people deal with their feelings about cancer and connect with other young people in the same boat.

Shane Farley, Beyond Bank’s National Community Development and Sponsorship Manager, is the co-founder of the event and can’t wait to lead the 21-strong peloton out of Adelaide on Saturday morning.

“Beyond Bank Australia has always been a strong supporter of Road Raise. This year we have 3 staff members and Board Director, Steve Nolis (co-founder of the event), taking part. In addition, many of our staff have provided assistance with fundraising and volunteered at a number of events in support of CanTeen.”

Cheering them on will be 19 year -old Emily Costello.

“Mum passed away when I was 9, I joined CanTeen a few years later and it helped me feel so much more comfortable with what had happened by giving me the tools to sift through my feelings.”

“You don’t feel pressured to be someone you’re not at CanTeen because we all have our own stories and our similar situation of having cancer enter our lives enables us to connect.”

And CanTeen Ambassador, Angus Harrison will be in the support vehicle to ensure cyclists are fuelled with food, drinks and moral support when the going gets tough.

“My dad had terminal cancer and got my brothers and I to join when I was about 12.”

“It was kind of like going to a new school and I didn’t know anyone or what to expect but everyone was so friendly and happy to be there and we all had so much common ground because everyone understands what you are going through.”

“CanTeen means you have support networks around you and it’s easier to talk about your problems – it’s an escape from day to day life and that’s a really big thing.”

Keep checking in here for regular ride updates and good luck to everyone involved!